Excelsior is managed by a group of partners who have worked together for over 10 years. The team is comprised of qualified investment professionals, bringing together multiple disciplines and extensive expertise in the region.
The breadth of professional experience and a proactive deal sourcing culture contribute to a solid pipeline of proprietary investment opportunities which has yielded a quality portfolio of investments. In addition, Excelsior has developed a fully independent back office to provide timely and transparent reporting to fund investors and to manage the administrative requirements of portfolio investments.
Gary Lawrence is the Managing Partner and founder of Excelsior. He currently serves on the Board of CJ HelloVision in Korea. He previously served on the Boards of Tony Wear (Shanghai) Fashion Co., Ltd in China, Sanlih E-Television and Tainan Enterprises in Taiwan, Zest Health Clubs and Downer EDI in Australia, DC Chemical in Korea and Nation Multimedia Group in Thailand. Prior to Excelsior, Gary was a Managing Director in the Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Group, based in Hong Kong. He also worked with Tiger Management in New York as a Managing Director, and prior to joining Tiger, was in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. Prior to joining Goldman, Gary was an attorney with White & Case. He holds an L.L.B. from the McGill University Faculty of Law and a B.A. from Yale University. In addition, he received an M.A. from Oxford University, attending as Rhodes Scholar. In January 2005, Mr. Lawrence was selected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association as one of six NCAA Silver Anniversary Honorees, an award given annually to six former U.S. collegiate student-athletes who have made significant business and community contributions in the twenty-five years since graduation.Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Kent is a Partner of Excelsior and serves on the Board of Ganzhou Dingsheng Water Technology Co., Ltd. in China. He previously served on the Boards of InnoChips Technology and Galaxia Electronic in Korea, Downer EDI and Zest Health Clubs in Australia and Indonesia Online in Indonesia. Prior to joining Excelsior, Michael was a consultant to Peregrine Direct Investments in Hong Kong and Australia. From 1980 to 1991, Michael served as Finance Director for the Adelaide Steamship Company Group, a large Australian based conglomerate. During his career at Adsteam, Michael was involved in numerous public market acquisitions, investments and divestments. During this period, he also served as a Director of a number of associated public companies in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. Michael obtained a B.A. and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Australian National University and an M.B.A. from the University of New South Wales.Email : email@example.com
John Yang is a Partner with Excelsior and currently serves on the Boards of Quanzhou Jinhua Edible Oil, China King-Highway, Ganzhou Dingsheng Water and Sunrex Technology in Greater China. He previously served on the Boards of Globe Union Industrial and Sanlih E-Television. Prior to Excelsior, John was an investment director of PrimePartners Asset Management Group, a private equity firm focused on the Asia Pacific Region. Prior to PrimePartners, John was an equity analyst at Cazenove Asia Limited, where he analyzed listed companies in China and Hong Kong. John also worked in the transaction support and audit departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Toronto, Canada. John holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, Canada and is qualified as Chartered Financial Analyst.Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Frick is a Partner with Excelsior. Prior to joining Excelsior, Tom was a Founding Director at Odyssey Venture Group, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage investing in Greater China. Before Odyssey, Tom was with Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong and New York, where he was a member of the firm's Asia-Pacific Media & Communications Group, Asia Merchant Banking Group and Energy and Natural Resources Group. While with Lehman Brothers, Tom was actively involved in a number of capital raisings and strategic advisory transactions. Tom graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors and Distinction from Kenyon College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.Email : email@example.com
Seungki Min is a Partner with Excelsior. Prior to joining Excelsior, Seungki was Senior Managing Director of Keystone Private Equity Korea. Before Keystone, he was the CEO of HTC Asset Management, a north Asia-focused investment business, and a Senior Managing Director with Hyundai Securities where he oversaw proprietary trading. Prior to this, Seungki was Senior Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Heungkuk Financial Group, which included Heungkuk Life Insurance, the fire and marine insurance businesses, two mutual savings banks and Heungkuk Investment Management Trust. Earlier in his career, Seungki also worked at Salomon Smith Barney and Rothschild Asset Management. Seungki holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Financial Engineering from Korea University.Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Junghyung Cho is a Partner with Excelsior. Junghyung worked as a Principal with Excelsior from 2002 to 2007, focusing on the Korean market. Subsequent to Excelsior, he worked as a direct investment specialist covering North Asia for the principal trading group at Merrill Lynch. After the acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America, Junghyung founded and managed a hedge fund with his former colleagues from Merrill Lynch, prior to re-joining Excelsior. Junghyung started professional career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong and New York after getting an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Junghyung graduated with Summa Cum Laude from International Economics Department at Seoul National University and worked as an Economist at the Bank of Korea, a central bank, for three years prior to business school.Email : email@example.com
Charles Yun Sik Chang
Charles Chang is a Senior Advisor to Excelsior and brings over 20 years of investment banking experience, providing advice to corporates and private equity firms. He is the Chairman of Accolade Inc., a Seoul-based advisory boutique that he founded in 2000. Through Accolade, he has worked closely with Excelsior team members on numerous projects over the past ten years. Prior to founding Accolade, Charles was a Managing Director of the investment banking practice at Deutsche Bank and its acquired business, Bankers Trust Company. Charles holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Computer & Information Science from Dartmouth College.Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Kihong Ryu is a Managing Director with Excelsior. Kihong has 20 years of investment and investment banking experience at various firms in the financial institution, asset management, and life insurance industries. Prior to joining Excelsior, he was a Managing Director at Keystone Private Equity Korea, where he was in charge of investment activities. Before Keystone, Kihong was responsible for managing the principal investment opportunities at Hyundai Securities. Prior to this, he managed variable life insurance funds at Heungkuk Life Insurance. Earlier in his career, he also worked at Regent Securities and Korea Long-Term Credit Bank Investment Trust. Kihong holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Yonsei University.Email : email@example.com
Albert Chung is a Principal with Excelsior. Albert has over 10 years experience working with Taiwanese companies on strategic, investment and corporate finance initiatives. As a Senior Manager at KPMG Corporate Finance Advisory Group in Taiwan, Albert was responsible for numerous M&A and corporate restructuring transactions for clients across Greater China. Albert holds an M.B.A. from National Central University, Taiwan, and received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dicken Chiu is a Senior Principal with Excelsior. Prior to joining Excelsior, Dicken was a Business Development Manager of Dairy Farm, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group headquartered in Hong Kong. While with Dairy Farm, Dicken was responsible for projects involving business expansion through mergers and acquisitions and greenfield investments in the foodstuff and retail sectors. Prior to Dairy Farm, Dicken was a Manager in Ernst & Young's Hong Kong corporate finance group. He also worked for several years as an engineer with MTR Corporation. Dicken holds a Master of Engineering (First Class Honors) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, England.Email : email@example.com
Sungmin Chang is a Managing Director with Excelsior. Prior to joining Excelsior, Sungmin was a portfolio manager for Pan-Asia long/short fund at Meritz. Prior to Meritz, Sungmin was an equity research analyst covering various industries such as telco, internet, consumer goods and utilities at JP Morgan and Samsung and regional tech and industrial sectors at Akana Capital. He also has capital markets experience in the Korean, Russian and Indian markets. Sungmin holds a B.A. in economics from UC Berkeley and a M.B.A. from INSEAD. Sungmin is also a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Rhee is an Analyst with Excelsior based in the Seoul office. Prior to joining Excelsior, Sean was an investment banking analyst at Morgen Evan & Co. in New York, working on a wide range of M&A, corporate finance advisory and private placement transactions. Sean received a Bachelor in Financial Economics from Columbia University.Email : email@example.com
Rachel Lew is an Associate with Excelsior working on Korean investments. Rachel obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in International Business and Management.Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahrum Ahn is an Analyst with Excelsior and covers Investor Relations in the Seoul office. Prior to joining Excelsior, Ahrum worked at Korea Investment Corporation as an associate on the private equity team, where she was involved in direct and indirect investment transactions. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and English Literature from Ewha Womans University.Email : email@example.com
In addition to the investment professionals, Excelsior benefits from financial back office and administrative staff comprising ten employees who provide the Investment Team and investors in the Funds with support across the business. This in-house back office capability has been independent and in-place since 1998, providing timely and transparent reporting to investors and managing the administrative requirements of portfolio investments.